1. What woman here is so enamored of her own oppression that
    she cannot see her heelprint upon another woman’s face?
    What woman’s terms of oppression have become precious
    and necessary to her as a ticket into the fold of the righteous,
    away from the cold winds of self-scrutiny? … We welcome all
    women who can meet us, face to face, beyond objectification
    and beyond guilt.
    — Audre Lorde (via darkjez)
  2. Open Letter to Slutwalk




    Dear Slutwalk and all of it’s supporters,

       Good luck I mean that ,with whatever you intend to do.  However with Shira Tennant now just LYING in print , it is obvious we can not continue to hold a dialogue about this..  It’s not just a disagreement. It’s not minor. It’s resource and class violence that sadly is often the outcome of these “ movements”. Things are being made up , in hopes of “ strengthening your movement” . I am a woman and I am all to familiar with be called a N*gg*r and the only thing I have learned form it is fear.

    An apology actually hasn’t been made.  “ We’re sorry that sign made it into union square” isn’t an apology. We’re sorry that we created an atmosphere that any one thought that was okay is an apology. It is disheartening and quite honestly disrespectful to pretend you have no idea what critiques you are responding ESPECIALLY on tumblr where they are linked at the bottom of your page. It is not an opportunity to show her it is unacceptable , WHEN YOU WILL NOT SAY THOSE WORDS TO HER. When you allow the behavior that has gone on in your name to continue without public response in the forums it has happened.

    At no part of your “ apology” have you stated, that what women have done in your name, the slander and disrespect of black women is wrong. At no point have you intervened to say that whatever we stand for , we also stand for women being allowed to express themselves as individuals, without fear of reprisals not limited to insults, appropriation, and lying. But the women you choose continually to ignore and allow to be disrespected are not part of big name organizations, so it seems by your behavior they are expendable.

    I am truly glad for you that it is healing “ work” . I am truly please for you that this is something you can get over. But for me a woman who has BEEN assaulted with that word hung over me, it is not that easy. It is triggering, it is the skin I am in when I am demeaned. It is the word yelled at women in my family, and my ancestry when they are raped , and instead of treating it with that gravity, it is being treated as a PR flub.

    For all your talk not once have you acknowledged that the people who have challenged you are feeling real pain. You have yet to extend the solidarity of that respect , allowing comment upon comment and word upon word to cast these women,  which as you should know sadly ARE survivors of the sexual trauma you claim to be against , be portrayed as do nothings, villains,  and whatever spewed forth from the mouths of this group you love so much.

    From the inception of Slutwalk women of ALL backgrounds have expressed fear at the high handed , unexamined way this has been conducted, fearing that the work put forth would end up alienating and divisive. We hoped it would be merely structural , instead these women , black women especially were treated over and over again, by that sign, and by the cruel and unkind “discussion” that followed to the visceral nature of those failures.

    Now the only thing you have to offer is the hope that we will put ourselves into  hostile unwelcoming situations where we have been guaranteed no comfort, support, or basic respect, to do the work you have so obviously avoided doing and continue to avoid. With no assurance or parity, clarity , or reciprocity. So you may grow and we may hurt for your growth.

    As a survivor and speaking with many of the survivors that word has jarred and cut so deeply, we require a movement of vision and love. That moves beyond reactionary measures, and proactively envisions, places of care, support and growth for us ALL. When someone can NOT or WILL NOT extend a very simple apology for that most hurtful of phrases, they assure me that their space is NOT the space , I can see that happening.

    Thankfully there is more than one way to work towards reproductive justice and there are many places where many of the voices you still seek to drown out and erase are doing that work. 

    May we get to that goal where ALL women feel safe and supported and free in their choices to maintain the safety of their bodies, minds and spirits. You have made it obvious that your space does not and truly does not seek to include me and those like me but I hope it still works for you.

    Bolded emphasis made by me. 

    I’ve been seeing posts about this all week (haven’t been really participating in too much discussion though).  I recall seeing one where some white women, who were still denying the racism happening in slutwalk, said that black women just don’t know what it’s like to be a survivor of sexual assault, or they never speak about it or work against it.  Which is a load of bullshit, and it’s just more exclusion.  Exclusion done in one of the most hurtful ways.  White feminists, if your response to criticism of racism is to erase and minimize black women’s experiences and efforts (which you probably don’t know squat about), then no, I won’t waste my time with you.  Neither should any other WoC.

    Some similar things have been thrown at me by white feminists I dared to criticize when I finally got a clue and sensed something was messed up with white feminism.  If black women talk about race and their experiences with their oppression (where white women benefit), or if they dare point out that white feminists’ racism, then they’re often turned anti-feminist in white women’s eyes.  And that gives white women an excuse to exclude, demean, and erase, trying to just wear out black women so that they will submit themselves to a hostile environment where white women benefit from their pain.  If that’s not white supremacy and abuse, I don’t know what is.

    Reasons why I don’t call myself a feminist anymore….

    Bolding mine. I can’t fuck with the kind of people who say this dumb shit & then want to bleat about sisterhood & solidarity. Mammy issues make my slapping hand itch.

    Reblogged for bolding emphasis. I have literally dropped my follow list and my friends list by about 20 people for that .

  3. karnythia:

    Esoterica: Query, how often do we see WOC positioned as valuable in the media?…




    Query, how often do we see WOC positioned as valuable in the media? Especially in Western media? Not as commodities, but as people to be cherished? I know there’s a lot of rhetoric about to come my way about equality & feminism, but this really isn’t about the needs of white middle class women to…

    Girl, I’ve BEEN thinking this!  This is why the White feminist movement cannot be our movement, well, one of many reasons why.  

    It’s like when in the second wave, White feminists often claimed they envied Black women for our “independence” because so many of us worked outside the home.  They did zero unpacking and critique of that view.  They didn’t look at the circumstances BW were working under, which was odd because oftentimes it was in their own homes (that’s why my butt itches whenever I hear of some rich, privileged, WW working the “can have it all” and “How does she do it all?” angles when we all know she can only have cake and eat it too because she’s paying WoC a pittance to keep baking for her).  Work was hardly seen as liberating for Black women then and not for many now.  It’s not very liberating when you have little to no choice.

    But how much of White feminist prating against being treated as damsels about the privilege of knowing that will never go away.  That they can call upon that White Knighting when they need it?  Like how it’s fun for rich kids to play poor, live in sketchy neighborhoods, work marginal jobs, but know they got a fat trust fund or that Mommy and Daddy’s money will bail them out.  It’s fun to go out into the world and act all adventurous when you know you got a better chance of being rescued if your adventure goes sour.

    reblogging for the conversation, if that’s ok.  if it’s not ok, i’ll delete this reblog.

    Oh it’s totally fine by me. I really do want this discussion to be visible, I just don’t want it derailed into fifty-eleven arguments about how WOC are doing feminism wrong because they have different priorities.

    Um lemme just say the bolded parts are mine. And I would also like to start talking about the internalized non cherishment of WOC that often feels quick to dismiss that desire in CERTAIN women.

    As well as the recent but horrifyingly disturbing recent occurences of white women playing willy nilly with WOC safety and trust while exploring their ” WILD/SEXY/BRAVE” sides

  4. thetart:

    White kids? I need y’all to listen.

    We are not all Troy Davis.

    This would not happen to us.

    No, cork it and let that settle in for a second. This would not happen to us in this country and in this “justice” system and in this white supremacist culture that lets us think it’s the appropriate progressive response to stomp out feet about Not! Being! Racist! at this or any moment. Save your stories of unjustly accused white people, this is not the same at all. You mourn this man and you mourn the rotted soul of a nation that can allow this exact pattern of violence to carry through centuries, but do not for a second think it makes any sort of sense to co-opt this moment.

    We are not all all Troy Davis.

    This would not happen to us.

  5. I saw white people saying, “Don’t play the race card!” when talking about Troy Davis. Really? With the next gay bashing, will we say, “Don’t play the Queer card!!!”?

    MLK’s quote about the white moderate being a bigger obstruction to justice than the plain haters is still true. I think in these cases, we’ve got justice tourists- people who are happy to march so they can say they marched and feel good about themselves and it’s really just too bad that people died/injustice happened anyway. It lets them enjoy their hate on for “the man” as a fun crusade, and not as something that deals with their community’s survival or their own.

    All the white savior narratives have them being worshipped for helping the POC and taking down the 1 or 2 white people running the hate operation, none of those stories show them having to sacrifice everything because white culture doesn’t change easily, or without showing the worst of it’s evil to those dismantling it.

  6. soydulcedeleche:


    Essentially, all of the economic gains made by people of color since the Civil Rights Movement have been erased in a few years by the Long Recession. Whites experienced a net wealth loss of 16 percent from 2005 to 2009, while blacks lost about half of their wealth (53 percent) and Latinos lost two-thirds of their wealth.

    Media outlets reporting on the Pew study point to housing loss as the primary culprit, since the net worth of blacks and Latinos is heavily reliant on home ownership, while whites are more likely to have retirement accounts and stock.

    Rampant–and racist–fraud in the home loan industry was a primary contributor to the collapse, with 61 percent of sub-prime loan holders actually qualifying for prime loans that would have been easier to maintain. Blacks and Latinos were especially targeted for sub-prime loans, a practice called “reverse redlining.” Wells Fargo loan officer-turned-whistle blower Elizabeth Jacobson admitted that her company specifically went after African Americans for sub-prime loans through “wealth building” conferences hosted in black churches.

    The employment gap between whites and blacks is also a contributor to the wealth gap. While white American are suffering through the Long Recession with 7.9 percent unemployment, blacks are experiencing Great Depression-like figures of 16.1 percent unemployment. This figure jumps to 31.4 percent for blacks ages 16 to 24, and black Americans have consistently had the higher rate of unemployment compared to white Americans since 2007.

    Not surprisingly, the employment gap, too, has racist origins. The Center for American Progress analyzed unemployment data from the last three recessions and found that black unemployment starts earlier, rises faster and lingers longer. Explanations include the concentration of black workers in the stumbling manufacturing sector, the cutting of public sector jobs–and racial discrimination. This last finding is no shock given that employers are more likely to call back a white job applicant with a criminal record than a similarly qualified black man without a record.

    The role of racism in poverty is important to keep in mind at a time Washington politicians are manufacturing crises that will slash the entitlement programs that 1 in 6 Americans rely on. It’s ironic that we’re cutting safety nets for the poor just as we’re experiencing the highest poverty rate since 1960, with blacks and Latinos three times as likely to live in poverty. Public policy is supposed to knock down racial and other non-meritorious barriers to pursuing life, liberty, and happiness, not jack them higher.

    But white privilege doesn’t exist and racism is long gone, right post-racial America? 

    yes. reblogging for obvious lack of white privilege.

    This right here is why i have a really hard time about thinking of this as a calss thing.

    Not that class isn’t important but the actual ramifications and removal of access and services WITHIN classes is coming up SOLIDLY race based and people’s blind prejuidices and ACTIVE ones are denying people food within classes

  7. Black people can’t talk to white people about race anymore. There’s really nothing left to say. There are libraries full of books, interviews, essays, lectures, and symposia. If people want to learn about their own country and its history, it is not incumbent on black people to talk to them about it. It is not our responsibility to educate them about it. Plus whenever white people want to talk about race, they never want to talk about themselves. There needs to be discussion among people who think of themselves as white. They need to unpack that language, that history, that social position and see what it really offers them, and what it takes away from them. As James Baldwin said, “As long as you think that you are white, there is no hope for you.”
  8. CNN: Shock over ‘respectable’ lives behind masks of UK rioters



    Hooded youths walk past a looted department store in Clapham Junction, London, on August 8.

    Before they started appearing in court, most people assumed London’s rioters and looters were unemployed youths with no hope and no future.

     So there was much surprise when details of the accused began to emerge, and they included some from wealthy backgrounds or with good jobs.

    Those passing through London’s courtrooms on Tuesday and Wednesday — some courts sat overnight to cope with the numbers — have included a teaching assistant, a lifeguard, a postman, a chef, a charity worker, a millionaire’s daughter and an 11-year-old boy, newspapers reported.

    The tabloid Sun newspaper wrote in its opinion page on Thursday of the “sick” society described by Prime Minister David Cameron: “The sickness starts on welfare-addicted estates where feckless parents let children run wild.”

    But its front-page headline told a different story about the accused: “Lifeguard, postman, hairdresser, teacher, millionaire’s daughter, chef and schoolboy, 11.”

    The Daily Mail reported: “While the trouble has been largely blamed on feral teenagers, many of those paraded before the courts yesterday led apparently respectable lives.”

    The upmarket Daily Telegraph devoted its page three to the case of Laura Johnson, the 19-year-old daughter of a company director who pleaded not guilty to stealing £5,000 ($8,000) of electrical goods, under the headline: “Girl who has it all is accused of theft.”

    The newspaper said she lived in a converted farmhouse in the leafy London suburb of Orpington, Kent, with extensive grounds and a tennis court, had studied at one of the best-performing state schools in the country and now attends the University of Exeter.

    Reporter Andrew Gilligan wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “Here in court, as David Cameron condemned the ‘sickness’ in parts of British society, we saw clearly, for the first time, the face of the riot: stripped of its hoods and masks, dressed in white prison T-shirts and handcuffed to burly security guards.

    “It was rather different from the one we had been expecting.”

    He added of the defendants at Highbury Magistrates Court in north London: “Most were teenagers or in their early twenties, but a surprising number were older.

    “Most interestingly of all, they were predominantly white, and many had jobs.”

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    What’s that, you say?  Privileged white people using poor people of colour as a diversion in order to satisfy their materialism?  Knowing full well that the powers that be (political and media) will happily imply that those awful brown people are just innately criminal, and then be shocked, shocked, when it turns out that part of white privilege is being able to see social unrest and political shitting-upon of people or colour as an opportunity to score shit.

  9. notime4yourshit:

    Hooded youths walk past a looted department store in Clapham Junction, London, on August 8.

    Before they started appearing in court, most people assumed London’s rioters and looters were unemployed youths with no hope and no future.

    So there was much surprise when details of the accused began to emerge, and they included some from wealthy backgrounds or with good jobs.